We started with a quick two block test drive up Figueroa to Fung + Blatt where gracious Alice and Michael welcomed us with sweet, summer crudites and a tour of their airy warehouse space. They've got a great trapezoidal adjacent studio space for rent, if any of you creative types are searching for a new design lab! And if Alice's felt confections weren't felt before, they sure are now!
From there, de LaB took to the streets (or rather took over the streets) and made it to C-town in record time, via Mom's Tamales (Mama delivers, people!) and the interesting route that our friends at Flying Pigeon mapped out for us. We even had time to make a quick stop above the Cornfield for a photo to show our solidarity for California Parks. LOC welcomed us into their secret Chung King Alley sanctuary, and Fifth Floor gave us a peek at their "Looking for Work" exhibit before taking us through Hong Kong alley to Robert's very own above-Fifth Floor loft space. Dim sum at Ocean Seafood did not disappoint (no one was accosted by the baby octopus!) Some worked off their dumplings by making the return trip by bike, others opted for the Gold Line. Oh, and a few lucky people practiced reclaimed design snagging some authentic chinese lanterns from the trash can.... Overall, it was a lovely afternoon of great company, inspiring design, light cardio, and good nosh.
A deep quad-felt thanks to Adam and Josef from Flying Pigeon for being our guides and hosts. And a special thanks to Fung and Blatt for opening up their studio despite our interrupting a working Saturday! And to Fifth Floor and LOC for letting us traipse through their homes!
Check out the photos here. We are SO going to do this again so look for another great design ride in 2010. And check back soon for details on our upcoming July event.